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Mexi-GO! Travel and Trade Expo 2012 in Vancouver

Canadians are flocking to Mexico

April 24th, 2012 │ VANCOUVER BC, CANADA.- Partnering with ProMexico, Mexico Tourism Board and the Mexican Consulate, Mexi-GO! (Mexi-Go Properties Inc. and Canadian Marketing Strategies S. de R.L de CV) will hold a two-day tradeshow in downtown Vancouver, BC that will showcase travel and business opportunities in Mexico to a 10,000 strong Canadian audience. Held during the Fourth Annual MexicoFest event (www.mexicofest.ca) the Mexi-Go! Travel & Trade Expo is a unique event that brings travel, art and craft, food, music, business and real estate opportunities to Canadians at home before they make their travel plans.

Held on September 7th and 8th, 2012 on the waterfront in downtown Vancouver in the new state-of-the-art Vancouver Convention Centre. Exhibitors and attendees will enjoy a spectacular setting and an informative, fun-filled two days.

Canada is Mexico’s second largest trading partner; sees over 1.7 million Canadian travelers each year and is Canada’s number one international retirement destination. With the coming of age of the Baby Boomer generation it is expected that over one million Canadians will retire to Mexico on a part-time or full-time basis in the next fifteen years. The Canadian traveler spends more time and more money in Mexico than any other nationality.

Mexi-Go! is a Canadian and Mexican partnership that offers comprehensive online marketing solutions to businesses looking to increase their Canadian market share through publications, direct marketing and events. For more information on the Mexi-GO! Travel & Trade Expo email joel@mexi-go.ca

Exhibitor, sponsorship and speaking opportunities are available. www.mexi-go.ca

Contact:
Veronica Rivas
Marketing and Public Relations
Veronica@mexi-go.ca, 778-996-2845

Celebrity Style Weddings Come to Life in Cancun

Cancun, Mexico December 19, 2011: – The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes Colin Cowie, celebrity wedding planner, to Cancun thanks to an unprecedented travel industry partnership with Palace Resorts.

Cowie will bring his style and elegance – along with his own signature collections – to the Mexican Caribbean; helping brides from all over the world plan their ultimate dream wedding.

“Palace Resorts is the best in the business and always goes above and beyond for their customers, just like I do,” said Colin Cowie. “I was totally blown away by their properties, and there was an immediate affinity between our two brands. We have designed eighteen over the top, fabulous customized packages to give the bride and groom a high dose of Colin Cowie style. Every aspect of the design is thought out to make the planning process effortless for the couple.  The programs speak to a broad range of design sensibilities so that there is something for everyone, allowing brides to express themselves and their style without having to get bogged down in the planning details.”

There will be over a dozen theme options available, from beach weddings to vibrant color themes or a more traditional style. Each collection will include the help of a dedicated and experienced wedding planner who will help couples make their dream day a reality, assisting with details from chair covers and plates to the flowers and cake.

Having worked with Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise, Sugar Ray Leonard, Hugh Hefner, Jennifer Aniston and so many more, Collin Cowie and Palace Resorts are ready to make every brides’ destination wedding dream come to in Cancun.

With seven resorts in the Palace portfolio in the Cancun area, the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau looks forward to the beautiful weddings that will be taking place with a backdrop of the beautiful turquoise waters of Cancun and the treasures of the Caribbean.

 

Med to Go International – Paving the Way for Mexico’s Successful Medical Tourism Industry

By: Lisa Coleman

According to recent statistics, over 59 million Americans do not have health insurance.  That said, there is obviously a tremendous need for affordable alternatives for those requiring either minor or major surgery.  Despite Mexico’s ongoing struggles, there are a few areas where the country is feeling a positive impact. Foreign investments are booming and now “Medical Tourism” is taking hold and bringing in a new type of visitor and potentially millions of dollars to the economy. With the ease and affordability of traveling south of the border, along with state-of-the-art facilities, current technology, US trained (English speaking) doctors and surgeons, and virtually no wait times, Mexico is quickly becoming a leader in this fast-growing industry.

A forecast by Deloitte Consulting projected that medical tourism originating in the US could jump by a factor of ten over the next decade. The growth in medical tourism has the potential to cost US health care providers billions of dollars in lost revenue and bring those huge dollars into a host of other countries including Mexico.
Leading the way is a revolutionary company called MedToGo International. I first met the founders ten years ago in Acapulco. Dr. Robert H. Page, Dr. Curtis Page and Robert Page Jr. are an impressive family of over achievers who were, at the time, publishing a book called Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide

They spent two years in 50 Mexican cities researching doctors and hospitals suitable for tourists. The end result: the ultimate guide for any tourist (or ex-pat) looking for an English-speaking doctor with excellent credentials (or an accredited hospital) almost anywhere in the country. This book on its own is an extraordinary product.

Over the years, the connections they made and the contacts they had began to take another turn. And, like most successful entrepreneurs, the Page family simply connected the dots. Today they are the only medical tourism company owned and operated by U.S. physicians. They have elevated MedToGo International© (MTGI) into the most trusted and credible healthcare referral service in North America, and offer patients surgical savings of up to 80% of what they would pay in the states. (A knee replacement for a registered MTGI© patient, including six days of physical therapy, costs about one-fourth of what it would be in the United States.)

They have conducted personal interviews and certification background checks on more than 700 physicians and have inspected over 80 private hospitals abroad. Only the top 10%, or those meeting the strictest health standards, parallel to that found in the U.S. are selected. As a result, MTGI© clients can feel assured that they will be working with the finest physicians and institutions outside the United States. In Mexico, their surgical partners are located in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Leon, Hermosillo, Merida, and Tijuana.

The major areas of elective and specialized surgical offerings include:

* Orthopedic Surgery: Total knee or hip replacement; ACL, tendon or meniscal repair; spinal surgery; shoulder surgery
* Kidney Transplant: Live kidney donor already identified and pre-qualified
* Cardiovascular Surgery
* Weight Loss/Obesity Surgery: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Metabolic Gastric Bypass
* General Surgery: Hernia Repair, Gallbladder, Nissen Fundoplication
* Gynecological Surgery: Laparoscopic or Vaginal Hysterectomy
* Dental Surgery: Full mouth Restoration
* Plastic Surgery: Breast Reduction, Liposuction, Post-bariatric Plastic Surgery

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Their website (www.medtogo.com) is filled with all the information you need to explore the possibilities.  I asked if I could go through the process as if I was a patient, and they sent me the entire step-by-step. I am a stickler for detail, and I can tell you honestly, they don’t miss a thing. From the moment you submit your information for a quote, there is no stone unturned. From an “education sequence” of emails, to complete travel arrangements and assignment of your own English -speaking “Medical Liaison” who will be with you every step of the way in Mexico, they do this right. This is as professional and thorough as it gets.

Per their website:

“Once a patient is registered with MTGI© for a surgery, rigorous medical procedures are followed. Beginning in the patient’s hometown, pre-and post-surgery protocols are established with the patient’s physician/specialist to ensure the patient’s surgical readiness and long-term success. Depending on the type of surgery performed, accommodations are made regarding length of stay and follow-up medical care required back home, once the patient is released.

MTGI© also provides a team of U.S. physicians and coordinators who oversee a patient’s care and serve as their advocate while they are abroad. Safety and peace of mind are a top priority. MTGI© is the patient’s medical and travel referral source before they leave, while they are abroad and once they have returned home. Each patient is provided an English-speaking Medical Liaison to attend to them throughout their stay abroad. The designated Medical Liaison is available to facilitate communication, coordinate day-to-day schedule, and provide information.”

Medical tourism is quickly becoming a safe, affordable option for thousands of patients, and Mexico is stepping onto the world stage as a contender. With MedToGo leading the charge, Mexico might just come out the winner.
Below are the bios of the owners:

Robert H. Page M.D.
Dr. Robert Page is an Arizona native who was raised in Douglas, near the Mexican border. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in 1971. While studying in Guadalajara, Dr. Page co-founded the Tlaquepaque Free Medical Clinic. He completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Arizona in 1978. He served as Chief of Staff at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital from 1991 to 1993 and was an Arizona delegate to the American Medical Association from 1993 to 2001. He is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and is owner of a bilingual medical practice in Tempe, AZ, with a staff of five physicians and 22 assistants.

Curtis P. Page M.D.
Dr. Curtis Page graduated from Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts from 1996. He later completed 2 years of a General Surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta from 1996-1998 and later a Family Practice residency in Brooklyn, NY at the Lutheran Medical Center from 1998-2000. While in medical school, he did volunteer work in the Dominican Republic and with elderly Spanish-speaking patients at Alianza Espana in Boston. Dr. Page is also a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and a private family practitioner in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Page has completed many years of scientific research and is published in several leading scientific journals.

Robert R. Page
Robert earned his BA in Developmental Economics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1996. He has conducted economic research in Argentina, Mexico and the US and completed further studies in Brazil and Germany. Fluent in Spanish and English, he also speaks German and Portuguese. Robert has been the project’s field researcher, spending more than three years pre-screening physicians and medical facilities throughout Mexico. Robert currently divides his time between the United States and Mexico, where he works with Mexican physicians and hospital administration on patient-care protocol.

 

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination

 

Explore Tourism Social Media Boot Camp 2011 in Riviera Maya

by Jeanine Kitchel

Kay Walten of Locogringo.com has transitioned into social media consulting with her new Walten group and Explore Tourism Seminars. October 8 and 9 she’ll host the social media boot camp in the Riviera Maya-Cancun area at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa in Puerto Morelos.

The two day seminar will discuss how social media and networking can be used effectively by travel and tourism businesses, and explore strategies for tourism marketing for Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Walten says Mexico is in the process of winning the battle against negative press and social media and the use of social networks can assist in overcoming some of the challenges Mexico faces in the international press.

Explore Tourism Social Media Boot Camp 2011 will educate industry professionals, both large and small, on how they can create a voice for their business and work with others to promote Mexico as a destination.  The seminar is designed for marketing professionals, business owners, management staff and employees in the Mexican tourism industry, resort hotels, small hotels, e-commerce site owners, tour companies and small businesses such as dive shops, restaurants, wedding planners and spas.

Walten’s success with Locogringo.com has dovetailed with her new efforts in social media.

“Since  the internet evolved and social media marketing began to get popular in 2007, I naturally  gravitated towards more platforms than the Locogringo forums and website,” Walten said.  “In 2011 I have discovered I have valuable information and want to share it with other businesses in the area so they can easily start or continue a social media marketing strategy that is not only good for their own businesses but for the area as well.”

Walten has lived in Akumal for over 19 years.  She and husband Gary founded the popular locogringo website in the mid-90s, which is the largest independently owned online booking and resource website for the area and has been written up by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The seminar begins October 8 and 9 at 9 a.m. and finishes at 1:30 p.m. Early bird discounted tickets start at 1750 pesos plus a 57.75 peso processing fee.  The event includes lunch and refreshments. For more information, contact Kay Walten at kay@kaywalten.com.

Mexico through Different Eyes

By Lisa Coleman

It’s tough for investors around the world this week. The instability of the U.S. and other world markets is getting the usual heavy press. Gloom and doom at the click of a mouse… But maybe you need to look a bit further south for some good news. While diligently battling the headlines of drug violence, Mexico is quietly making huge strides.

In the eyes of global investors, Mexico is hardly the pariah painted in the news. Their economy has grown 5.5% in the first quarter of this year and, aaccording to the head of the Treasury and Public Finance Secretariat (SHCP), Ernesto Cordero Arroyo, between January and July of this year, 425,819 jobs were created in Mexico. That represents an increase of 2.9 % compared to 2010.
Here are some other tidbits you may find interesting.

• According to Gloria Guevara, the Secretary of Tourism, there has been a 127% increase in tourism investment.

• International Finance Corporation (IFC), the institution for private sector of the World Bank Group (WB) will provide $25 million dollars for a fund managed by Artha Capital to invest in real estate in Mexico. “The amount is intended to create communities developed under standards of environmentally friendly construction. The project includes the acquisition of land for planned urban projects and basic infrastructure for housing, tourism, industrial and commercial developments.”

• According to the Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexican manufacturing grew at an annual rate of 6.8% in May, and continues to be the spearhead of the Mexican economy.

• According to the state-run news agency Notimex, “Mexico’s mining industry will attract record investment of $4.73 billion this year. The industry is forecast to receive investment of $4.48 billion next year, according to the chamber. Sergio Almazan, executive director of the chamber, said about half of the investment comes from foreign companies, mostly from the U.S.,” Notimex said.

• According to Energy Solutions,  Mexico announced on a $2.5 billion investment in new wind farms to generate more than 300MW of electricity across the country, part of the government’s push to expand renewable energy.  “San Diego-based Cannon Power Group, which already works in the Baja California peninsula, will build another project there along with a plant in the central state of Zacatecas and in southern Quintana Roo, home to popular tourist resort Cancun.”

• General Motors plans to invest approximately $900 million in its manufacturing plants in the country.

• According to Bloomberg.com, Honda Motor Co., Japan’s third-largest automaker, plans to invest at least $500 million to build a car factory in Mexico.The plant will likely be located in Salamanca, a city in the central state of Guanajuato, and construction would begin next year, El Financiero reported (citing Mexican Economy Ministry officials it didn’t identify by name). Honda already has a plant in Mexico’s southwestern state of Jalisco, according to its website.

There are stories like this every week that demonstrate over and over again that Mexico is a real player in the world marketplace.  Despite the struggles, Mexico trudges on… building, growing and making an impact on their own future.

 

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my work in creating and managing content as a Community Manager for the México Today Program. All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared here are completely my own. Mexico Today is a joint public and private sector initiative designed to help promote Mexico as a global business partner and an unrivaled tourist destination.

CANCUN – AN EMERGING DESTINATION FOR MEDICAL TOURISM IN LATIN AMERICA

Cancun, Q. Roo (June 6, 2011) The Medical Tourism Association of Cancun and Riviera Maya, together with the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cancun Hotel Association, and the Riviera Maya tourism board, will promote the Mexican Caribbean as the new medical tourism destination in Latin America, under the World Medical Tourism Congress, to be held this October in Chicago.

 

As part of this event, 10 hospitals within the Mexican Caribbean will announce Cancun and Riviera Maya as the hosts of the First National Congress of Medical Tourism, to be held in April of 2012. The event will take place in conjunction with leading institutions within the medical tourism industry from the United States and Canada.

 

President of the Hotel Association in Cancun, Rodrigo de la Peña and Servando Acuña President of the Medical Travel Association, announced during a recent press conference that Cancun and Riviera Maya cared for 2,200 patients in 2010; the potential of this market segment over the next four years is estimated to be between 8 and 10 thousand patients.
There are 11 hospitals and clinics that are currently treating patients as part of the medical tourism industry in these two tourist destinations and in the next two years an investment of 49.5 million dollars is expected, including four hospitals-clinics in the Riviera Maya.

 

In 2009, a total of 17,840 rooms per night were occupied; when considering pre- and post- operation stays, the total comes out to 19,624 rooms. With an average room-rate of 90 dollars, an average of $1.8 million dollars in income was generated in expenses per stay; not including food and beverages of the accompanying travelers.

 

The medical specialties offered are: assisted reproduction and fertilization, holistic treatments, all forms of dentistry, various forms of cosmetic surgery, minimally invasive neurosurgery, orthopedics, eye surgery, Angelology, treatment for Parkinson’s disease, anti-aging vaccine cell therapy, various forms of bariatric treatments, cardiology, and oncology.

 

Health tourism generates 20 Million Dollars annually and this amount is expected to double in coming years (The Economist). By 2015, the US will spend 20% of GDP on health care while 25% of the population does not have insurance (Time). The 220 million “Baby Boomers” in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, will need more medical care by 2015.

 

Medical tourism in the United States and Canada represents a market of 46 million potential patients and an economic benefit of 11 Billion Dollars.

 

To promote growth in medical tourism, Medical Travel Cancun A.C. was created in November of 2010, with 9 medical-tourist facilities in Cancun and Riviera Maya under the direction of Servando Acuña Braun, the company’s president.

 

The tourism industry, hotels and travel agencies are working in conjunction with the destinations toward the growth and further development of the medical and health tourism industry.

 

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

 

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore.  The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

 

For more information, visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau website at: www.cancun.travel. Follow us on Twitter @CancunCVB, “LIKE” us on Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cancuncvb browse through our videos on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cancuntravel and share your pictures of Cancun on our Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22572360@N07/ .